“As re-recording mixer, I take all the final edited elements and blend them together to create the final soundscape.”
Name: Tony Volante
Can you describe what Harbor does?
Harbor was founded in 2012 to serve the feature film, episodic and advertising industries. Harbor brings together production and post production under one roof — what we like to call “a unified process allowing for total creative control.”
Since then, Harbor has grown into a global company with locations in New York, Los Angeles and London. Harbor hones every detail throughout the moving-image-making process: live-action, dailies, creative and offline editorial, design, animation, visual effects, CG, sound and picture finishing.
What’s your job title?
Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer
What does that entail?
I supervise the sound editorial crew for motion pictures and TV series along with being the re-recording mixer on many of my projects. I put together the appropriate crew and schedule along with helping to finalize a budget through the bidding process. As re-recording mixer, I take all the final edited elements and blend them together to create the final soundscape.
What would surprise people the most about what falls under that title?
How almost all the sound that someone hears in a movie has been replaced by a sound editor.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
Creatively collaborating with co-workers and hearing it all come together in the final mix.
What is your most productive time of day?
Whenever I can turn off my emails and can concentrate on mixing.
If you didn’t have this job, what would you be doing instead?
When did you know this would be your path?
I played drums in a rock band and got interested in sound at around 18 years old. I was always interested in the “sound” of an album along with the musicality. I found myself buying records based on who had produced and engineered them.
Can you name some recent projects?
Fosse/Verdo (FX) and Boys State, which just one Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
How has the industry changed since you began working?
Technology has improved workflows immensely and has helped us with the creative process. It has also opened up the door to accelerating schedules to the point of sacrificing artistic expression and detail.
Name three pieces of technology you can’t live without
Avid Pro Tools, my iPhone and my car’s navigation system.
How do you de-stress from it all?
I stand in the middle of a flowing stream fishing with my fly rod. If I catch something that’s a bonus!